The residents of Baramita, Region One (1) today, received their long awaited ‘Land Title’ which gives them exclusive rights to their territory. The land title was handed over by Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs Sydney Allicock to Toshao of the community Trevor Matheson. It was handed over in the presence of Permanent Secretary to the Indigenous Ministry Alfred King, Regional Executive Officer of Region One Leslie Wilburg, Vice Chairman of Region One Sarah Brown, councilors and Residents of the Community.
Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs Sydney Allicock handing over the land title document to Toshao of the community Trevor Matheson in the presence of Permanent Secretary to the Indigenous Ministry Alfred King, Regional Executive Officer of Region One Leslie Wilburg, Vice Chairman of Region One Sarah Brown, councilors and Residents of the Community.
Baramita is home to over 3000 residents who occupy the land with their main economic activity being gold mining.
Minister Allicock said that the issuing of the land title is “one that is long overdue and I’m happy to have been presenting to document in the presence of the residents. The Minister stated that with the document “there is added responsibility and I hope that everyone follows what we have here, so you would know what you have”.
Toshao Matheson expressed his gratitude towards the Ministry of the Indigenous People Affairs for finally making the document available to the people of Baramita.
Under the Guyana REDD + Investment Fund (GRIF), Government in 2013 signed a US$10.7M document for the implementation of the Land Titling and Demarcation project. The project came to an end in 2016; however the Ministry requested an extension in the 2017 budget. This resulted in $165 M earmarked for the advancing of the remaining identified areas for land titling.
This project, which is being spearheaded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), seeks to protect Indigenous rights and create livelihood opportunities for residents.